Catholic Benedictine Leadership Team (CBLT)
The Catholic Benedictine Leadership Team was formed to continue the work
that was initiated by the Catholic identity planning committee.
Ongoing events and projects
"A day in the life of a monk" is an invitation to Saint Martin's
students to experience Benedictine monastic life for a day. Click here
for more information.
The Catholic Benedictine Leadership Team hosts informal introductory
talks on the Rule of Saint Benedict several times a semester. These
talks are usually given by a monk of Saint Martin’s Abbey.
"Coffee with the monks" is a chance to meet and chat with the monks of
Saint Martin’s Abbey over coffee and snacks. "Coffee with the monks" is
often held in the Saint Gertrude Dining Room.
To keep pace with the issues of maintaining the Catholic identity in the
University setting, Saint Martin’s is committed to sending two members
of the CBLT a year to the annual week-long Institute for Administrators
in Catholic Higher Education at Boston College. In so doing, the CBLT
has built connections and has understood that Saint Martin’s situation
is similar to that of many American Catholic universities.
Past events and projects
On April 15, 2004, the CBLT hosted its first event in bringing Regina
Wolfe (currently christopher chair in business ethics at Dominican
University in River Forest, Illinois) to speak about the her experience
of integrating the Benedictine identity into the College of Saint
Benedict and Saint John’s University (of Collegeville, Minnesota and
Saint Martin’s founding institution), where she was professor at the
On November 8, 2004, CLBT member Todd Monohon facilitated a lunch-hour
discussion on hopes and concerns related to the Benedictine identity at
Saint Martin’s University.
The CBLT welcomed Patrick McCormick, professor of religious studies at
Gonzaga University, on November 4, 2005 to speak about Catholic social
teachings as embodied in the Biblical stories of the Exodus from
Egyptian slavery and of Jesus’ feeding of the multitude.
On April 1, 2006, the CBLT hosted a spring retreat at Lambert Lodge with
Sr. Monika Ellis, O.S.B., of Saint Placid’s Priory who facilitated
discussion on a comparison of “the modern way and Benedictine way.”